LibriVox recording of Murder Madness, by Murray Leinster.
Read by Richard Kilmer.
Murder Madness! Seven Secret Service men had completely disappeared. Another had been found a screaming, homicidal maniac, whose fingers writhed like snakes. So Bell, of the secret "Trade," plunges into South America after The Master--the mighty, unknown octopus of power whose diabolical poison threatens a continent! (Summary by Murray Leinster)
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I am a fan of Murray Leinster, so this story was a bit of a disappointment.
The hero seems to narrowly escape death through far-fetched situations, and given the number of cities under the control of the antagonist, well, it seems also far-fetched that it would be so easy to stop the bad guy.
It was an okay story, so I would still recommend it, but be prepared to suspend reality and just go along for the ride.
I like RK's reading style, so I look for his books.
5 stars for the reader, but 3 for the book. Averaging it to 4.
September 15, 2013 Subject:
Fun Pulpy Tale
The leaders in Latin America are being poisoned with some deadly Amazonian nastiness that causes the victim's hands to writhe, and then causes the victim to become a homicidal maniac. A mysterious madmen known as The Master is responsible. Can a lone lowly employee of the US State Department stop the MURDER MADNESS?
Pulp writing so often dashes the hopes raised by the outrageous covers of the magazines through 5 cents a word verbosity and cliches and coincidences. This one, on the other hand, is a good story, told at a breathless pace that makes the compilation of improbabilities very easy to take. (Only one coincidence really galls.) The story also generates a nice sense of paranoia -- our hero literally cannot trust anyone safely -- that keeps the suspense level high.
I found this one good for my 45 minute commutes. It features a somewhat bland reader -- but the blandness works well for this story, when another reader would have been tempted to take it well over the top.